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Why do some head knocks cause more damage than others?

Why do some head knocks cause more damage than others?

As researchers piece together puzzling patterns of brain damage after concussions, UNC researchers led by Gianmarco Pinton, PhD, found that damaging shock waves intensified deep inside the brain after head impacts.

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Football Position and Length of Play Affect Brain Impact

Football Position and Length of Play Affect Brain Impact

Results from a newly published UNC study co-authored by MD/PhD student Michael Clark showed that non-speed players with a history of recurrent concussion had lower white matter integrity and lower measure of activation during cognitive tasks.

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Smart Artificial Beta Cells Could Lead to New Diabetes Treatment

Smart Artificial Beta Cells Could Lead to New Diabetes Treatment

In lab experiments and animal models, UNC and NC State researchers led by Zhen Gu, PhD, designed synthetic beta cells to secrete insulin in response to high blood sugar.

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Gut bacteria bolster disease research in labs

Gut bacteria bolster disease research in labs

In the journal Cell, researchers at UNC, NIH, and Baylor show how gut bacteria from wild mice is likely very important for the accurate modeling of human diseases in the lab.

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SHAC celebrates half century of service

SHAC celebrates half century of service

Generations of students have made volunteering at the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC) a UNC School of Medicine rite of passage. The organization is kicking off its 50th year on Oct. 26 with a reception for current students and alumni.

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One Mind nonprofit pledges $8 million for UNC-led posttraumatic brain injury study

One Mind nonprofit pledges $8 million for UNC-led posttraumatic brain injury study

UNC’s Samuel McLean, MD, was a featured speaker at a small music festival to raise big money for posttraumatic brain injury research.

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UNC Blood Donation Center: 20 years helping donors give life

UNC Blood Donation Center: 20 years helping donors give life

By collecting platelets, the Center is helping to provide UNC Medical Center with a steady and stable supply of a blood product that is very expensive and very difficult to obtain. For donors, many of whom are Medical Center employees, it’s a way to have a positive and possibly life-saving impact on the life of a stranger.

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How to Turn Damaged Heart Tissue Back into Healthy Heart Muscle: New Details Emerge

How to Turn Damaged Heart Tissue Back into Healthy Heart Muscle: New Details Emerge

Publishing their work in Nature, UNC School of Medicine researchers led by Li Qian, PhD, show how their new research platform helped them discover new cell subpopulations and crucial cellular players in the process of turning damaged heart tissue back into healthy heart muscle. The research platform could be used to study other biological processes and create tailored therapies.

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Timing could matter to how responsive cancer cells are to treatment, study suggests

Timing could matter to how responsive cancer cells are to treatment, study suggests

In a new study published in Cell Systems, UNC Lineberger's Jeremy Purvis, PhD, and colleagues report that the timing of when DNA damage occurs within these different checkpoints matters to a cell’s fate.

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UNC Medical Center Offers Innovative Non-surgical Treatment for Enlarged Prostate

UNC Medical Center Offers Innovative Non-surgical Treatment for Enlarged Prostate

Prostatic Artery Embolization (PAE) is a catheter-based procedure to help improve symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate.

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FDA approves eculizumab for generalized myasthenia gravis

FDA approves eculizumab for generalized myasthenia gravis

UNC's James F. Howard, MD, was the lead investigator in the clinical trial that led to FDA approval.

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Are e-cigarettes ‘safer’ than regular cigarettes?

Are e-cigarettes ‘safer’ than regular cigarettes?

UNC School of Medicine researchers lead new study showing that e-cigarettes trigger unique and potentially damaging immune responses in human airways.

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Key Psychiatric Drug Target Comes Into Focus

Key Psychiatric Drug Target Comes Into Focus

UC San Francisco and UNC-Chapel Hill team solves first ever high-resolution structure of dopamine receptor. Details of the work were published today in Science.

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Researchers Define Burden of Hepatitis in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Researchers Define Burden of Hepatitis in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Research led by Jonathan Parr, MD, MPH, shows how to adapt an existing HIV testing method to detect hepatitis C virus.

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Sharpless sworn in as director of the National Cancer Institute

Sharpless sworn in as director of the National Cancer Institute

Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless, MD, was sworn in as the 15th director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) on Oct. 17.

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How hand hygiene becomes contagious

How hand hygiene becomes contagious

The hand hygiene program Clean In, Clean Out has been part of the landscape here at the UNC Medical Center for just over four years – recently passing the amazing milestone of half a million observations. As part of International Infection Prevention Week, we look back at some of the ways it has changed the culture in Chapel Hill and look forward to the next big thing in hand hygiene at the Medical Center.

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New book explores drinking, drug abuse, and addiction in the autism community

New book explores drinking, drug abuse, and addiction in the autism community

UNC’s Elizabeth Kunreuther and Ann Palmer will speak about their new book at Quail Ridge Book Store in Raleigh on Oct. 28.

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Skills of a Tar Heel, Luck of the Irish

Skills of a Tar Heel, Luck of the Irish

In May, a faulty heart valve nearly put an end to Jim Weber. But after receiving a transcatheter aortic valve replacement at UNC Medical Center, Weber says he feels like he’s been gifted with years he didn’t have before. A lifelong Notre Dame fan, Weber joined Matt Cavender, the doctor who performed the valve replacement, as the Fighting Irish faced the Tar Heels at Kenan Stadium.

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Meltzer-Brody to headline Science Café at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Meltzer-Brody to headline Science Café at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH, will headline the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' weekly Science Cafe series on Thursday, Oct. 19.

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